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Lady of Burlesque

Published 1943

Barbara Stanwyck portrays Dixie Daisy, a striptease artist at a Broadway theater in New York at the end of the 1930s.
In the course of fending off the unwanted advances of brash comic Biff Brannigan (Michael O'Shea), with whom she is teamed in several numbers, and staying clear of the dressing room feuds of her fellow dancers.

Run time 91 min.
Producer Hunt Stromberg
Production Company Hunt Stromberg Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: tbragg - favorite - February 24, 2017
Subject: Self-conscious waste of time
Every line, every smirk by the performers in this mild mystery says "ain't I funny?" or "ain't I sexy?" That kind of mugging would be bad enough if they were, but they aren't. I can understand why some folks like this but it's definitely not my kind of caper. I like more mystery in my mystery, more sex in my sexiness. And I especially like comics to actually be funny, unlike this painfully unfunny crew.
Reviewer: tedmcburnett - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2014
Subject: The G-String Murders
One of Stanwicks best movies and one of the most fascinating mystery movies I have ever seen. You will want to watch it many times. Very beguiling.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2010
Murders in a burlesque house. The police are baffled. Can the strippers solve the crimes? Finding out is half the fun in this backstage murder mystery that's flavored with the underside of theatrical life. The story is fast-paced and suspenseful, with a subplot or two that add interesting complications. However, this movie is anything but a film noir. There is plenty of straight from the shoulder, wry humor as the tumultuous life of the burlesque house goes on, regardless of the body count. The title character is played by Barbara Stanwyck, whose mean-streets personal upbringing gave her extra acting chops in this hard-boiled role. She is ably supported by Michael O'Shea and a cast of professionals. This movie was a favorite of mine, going all the way back to when I was too young to understand half of it. Hope you enjoy too. FOOTNOTE: This is a screen adaptation of "The G-String Murders," a novel written by real-life burlesque queen, Gypsy Rose Lee. The hit movie "Gypsy" was based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, that in turn was based on Gypsy Rose Lee's autobiography. She also wrote "The Naked Genius," a Broadway play that was adapted for the screen as the musical comedy "Doll Face." An interesting and accomplished lady, she also found time to act in twenty film and television productions. I'm tempted to say they just don't make 'em like her anymore. But of course that's wrong - at least I hope it is.
Reviewer: della00 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2009
Subject: MP4 stopped at 51 minutes, OGV works great
I really enjoyed this as far as I got. The whole cast is excellent, love the costumes and hairstyles, Edith Head did Barbara Stanwyck's costumes, I read Edith's auto bio some time ago, and recall her favorite person to design for was Barbara.

If it had not stopped it would have been 5 stars for sure! Dee

PS. The Ogg Vorbis version works much better, audio is synced much better too. Its 5 stars now!
Reviewer: quigs - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2008
Subject: Lady of Burlesque
Saw it, kinda like it but wondered why the page Miss Stanwyck do not list her short The Stolen Jools and The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers.*
*Can someone make The Strange Loves... into one file ie MPEG, DIVX, or something. Thank you.
Reviewer: slugs and urchins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2008
Subject: unusual performance by Barbara Stanwyck
This movie deserves at least 3.5 stars. Barbara Stanwyck acts and dances well and she's playing a burlesque dancer, not a cunning femme-fatale or calculating, evil woman. Which is what she was normally cast into. That and a terrible TV show called the Big Valley which was dull and pointless.

The plot is so-so but the police as faceless hooligans is interesting and unusual too for this period. It tries to glamorize a business where many are exploited and uses the scantily clad for bait, and Stanwck looks pretty good, too!
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